In response to last night’s County Council Planning Committee vote to allow an exploratory well to be drilled on land off the A634 between Barnby Moor and Blyth, local MP John Mann said that any fracking should only go ahead if local people support it.
Mann commented: “I made my views clear to the Committee and raised objections including the increase in heavy goods traffic that local residents will have to put up with.”
“When fracking first became a major issue in the UK, I suggested and supported a number of proposals in Parliament. I put forward an amendment to the law which would prohibit fracking wells being drilled within 2km of any town or village and called for a stop to all fracking until more evidence about it had been gathered.”
“My proposals were defeated in Parliament, but I still believe that local people should have the final say and this is not being allowed to happen”.